Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Veggie Garden Compost

I've got bugger all grass here at My Veggie Garden so the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Clover in this case, the neighbours, high in nitrogen clover and just what I needed for a good compost making session.

















 Pinched the neighbors clover, added some prunings I mulched and a pile of horse manure and sawdust together and made a super pile of composting compost. 




Cheers, and I'm pooped now,

Stewart





Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Bee Post.

Who's keen to have native bees in their backyard? I know I am.

This morning on 612 ABC Brisbane had Tim Heard, a native expert, on talking native bees.

Here is a link to the SoundCloud recording of the interview.

Two links I got form the native bee talk. 

Tim Heard http://sugarbag.net/ and Aussie Bee http://www.aussiebee.com.au/


Friday, August 29, 2014

Freckles the Lettuce.

Freckles! The Lettuce
Have you ever bought a packet of seeds just because you like their name?

I have and only just the other day.

Freckles, lettuce. When I was a boy freckles meant three things.You had them on your face, you had a chocolate treat covered in hundreds and thousands and the third one, um, well that's a story for another day.

I don't recall anything triggering my desire or need for freckle seeds, I have know of them for quite a while, but it became a mission for me about two Sundays ago to get some freckle seeds.

Searching all my favorite seed suppliers proved seedless, um fruitless, so I went the eBay route and came up with a few options. Way Way Creek Seeds an eBay store was chosen and money was sent.

They arrived! Phew.
When they hadn't  arrived by the following Monday I was beginning to worry, the seeds only had to come from Victoria.

Tuesday I was giving up hope but they arrived in the mail that day and excitement reigned.

Well as much excitement as you can muster over a packet of seeds. At $2.60 delivered it wasn't going to break the bank if I had to reorder.

They were nicely packaged and quickly dispatched to the planting area. Now I just need to wait patiently.




Planted

Geography/History


Freckles lettuce is an heirloom lettuce variety with documentation citing it native to Austria circa 1793. It is not as commercially successful as common Romaine lettuce, yet it continues to be widely favored in both Europe and America. It thrives in warm climates with fertile soil and moderate rain or irrigation. Its tolerance for heat and sun make Freckles lettuce a slow-bolting, choice variety for hotter climates in the summer months. Because of its non particular growing needs, Freckles is a great home gardener's lettuce. It can be sown directly, planted in containers and raised beds. The lettuce can be harvested as soon as small heads form.
- See more at: http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Freckle_Lettuce_4810.php#sthash.owAYUhlB.dpuf
Here's a bit of PR I picked up from the web so it must be true.



Geography/History



Freckles lettuce is an heirloom lettuce variety with documentation citing it native to Austria circa 1793. It is not as commercially successful as common Romaine lettuce, yet it continues to be widely favored in both Europe and America. It thrives in warm climates with fertile soil and moderate rain or irrigation. Its tolerance for heat and sun make Freckles lettuce a slow-bolting, choice variety for hotter climates in the summer months. Because of its non particular growing needs, Freckles is a great home gardener's lettuce. It can be sown directly, planted in containers and raised beds. The lettuce can be harvested as soon as small heads form.


Geography/History


Freckles lettuce is an heirloom lettuce variety with documentation citing it native to Austria circa 1793. It is not as commercially successful as common Romaine lettuce, yet it continues to be widely favored in both Europe and America. It thrives in warm climates with fertile soil and moderate rain or irrigation. Its tolerance for heat and sun make Freckles lettuce a slow-bolting, choice variety for hotter climates in the summer months. Because of its non particular growing needs, Freckles is a great home gardener's lettuce. It can be sown directly, planted in containers and raised beds. The lettuce can be harvested as soon as small heads form.
- See more at: http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Freckle_Lettuce_4810.php#sthash.owAYU
Ready to go.




















Cheers

Stewart.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Planting Lettuce in a Styrofoam Box/Pot/Container.

I made this video a week ago (19/08/14) now and there is already a noticeable increase in growth already.

If you like lettuce and don't have much room then this is for you.

And it doesn't get much more straight forward than this.

26/08/14



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Another busy day

Busy day for weeding and planting seeds after 13 and then another 5mm of rain over the last two days. And a beautiful gardening day at that.

Planted

*Purple King, climbing bean. Phaseolus vulgaris

*Cherry Belle, Radish. Raphanus sativus

*Fennel. Foeniculum vulgare

*Red and Green Salad Bowl Mixed, Lettuce. Lactuca sativa

*Pak Choi. Brassica rapa var, chinensis

*Gourmet Mixed, Lettuce. Lactuca sativa

*Rocket. Eruca sativa

*Capiscum. Capiscum annum

* Lyon Prizetaker, Leek. Allium porrum

*Crimson Globe, Beetroot. Beta vulgaris

*Three struck cuttings of Sweet Potato. Ipomoea batatas

Now I've only got to get them all to grow.


How's your garden growing? 

Cheers

Stewart.

NOW



I picked up on this from the current (September 2014) issue of the organic gardener mag.

In case you don't have a copy 'yet' I'll share it here as well.

Taste the Difference, Feel the Difference, Make a Difference

Friday 3 – Sunday 12 October 2014






From the 'About' tab on their Facebook page.

About

Taste the Difference, Feel the Difference, Make a Difference! 3-12 October 2014!
 
Mission
 
Objectives
The main objectives of National Organic Week are to:
• Increase consumer demand for, confidence in, and appreciation for organically-grown produce and goods in all extant and potential markets, with a dual focus of mainstream retail (large and independent) on the one hand and farm direct marketing and farmers’ markets outlets on the other.

• Raise the general public's awareness of the vital connection between organic farming methods and genuine global environmental sustainability: especially between climate change abatement, organic farming practices, food waste avoidance and composting.


• Increase knowledge among members of the general public, food sellers, purveyors, restaurateurs, retailers, café owners and farmers Australia-wide about the stringent and world recognised standards for Organic and Biodynamic Products and about identifying certified organic products by independent certification logo marks.


• Engage and build capacity for non-organic and non-biological farmers to convert to organic and/or biological farming methods where appropriate, based on assessment of market demand and future industry growth needs, as well as for its environmental benefits and more resilient agricultural outcomes.


• Raise political awareness at relevant federal, state and local government levels of how sustainable organic and biological farming methods and products directly meet the agricultural and environmental challenges of the 21st Century; especially vis-à-vis climate change, resilient and diversified agriculture, food waste avoidance and water efficiency.


• Give media profile to NOW's week of activities including seminars, tastings, launches, while supporting industry stakeholders and sponsors to promote their organic products and organisations to the general public.
 
Cheers
 
Stewart